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PTA Updates - December 5, 2021

Events & Updates:

  • December PTA Meeting Tuesday 12/7: (this week) Join us at 6:30pm on Zoom by clicking hereMeeting ID: 665 233 2642, Passcode: zx5hA0. View the minutes from November's meeting here
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Thursday 12/9: (this week) Help us celebrate our amazing Beall teachers & staff with a holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 9. The PTA is providing a catered lunch from Fontina Grill but we need your help supplementing the catered lunch with items like tablecloths, flowers and salad with toppings! Please also consider offering your time by helping with set up, clean up or serving. See the Sign Up hereAll donations must be dropped off at the school no later than 10:00am on Thursday, December 9th.
  • Dine Out Fundraiser - Tuesday 12/14: Five Guys in Rockville Town Center from 5 - 9pm. See the flyer here
  • Beall COVID Committee Resource: In response to the recent Beall PTA COVID Survey and the questions raised by Beall families, the PTA COVID Committee created this document to help families better understand the school’s COVID-related policies and procedures.  This document is not a comprehensive compilation of all COVID-related policies and procedures, is subject to change, and is to be used only for informational purposes. Vea el documento en Español aquí.
  • Yearbook: Help us memorialize this unprecedented school year through the yearbook! If you are interested in leading these efforts as the Yearbook Coordinator OR by helping out on the yearbook committee, please email [email protected] to find out more! 

MCCPTA Updates:

  • Last call!  Impact Aid Survey due Dec. 10.
  • Parents May Contact MCPS’s Ombudsman with School-related Problems: MCPS’s ombudsman, Ryvell Fitzpatrick, is an independent party appointed by the Board of Education who seeks to resolve school-related problems. He is available to assist parents when they cannot resolve problems informally at the school level. Contact the ombudsman at (240) 740-3030 or [email protected]Learn more.
  • MSBE Votes to Draft New Masking Policy: The Maryland State Board of Education voted this past Wednesday to direct the Maryland State Department of Education to draft a new mask policy to give school districts flexibility in whether to require masks in schools. Earlier,  Montgomery County Council of PTAs delegates voted 85-7 to send a letter to the MSBE, urging the Board not to lift the mask mandate in Maryland public schools until at least Feb. 28. Both Beall MCCPTA delegates voted in favor of sending the letter.
  • Free Parenting Group to Help Address Trauma and Stress: Sheppard Pratt — a nonprofit provider of mental health and social services — is offering a parenting group, with six weekly Zoom sessions, to provide information about psychological impact of trauma and stress. Read moreRegister here.
  • Third Community Work Session on Physical Plans for the New Crown High School; Fourth Session Scheduled for Thursday, December 16: As noted before, MCPS is building a new high school—Crown—near Shady Grove Road and Research Boulevard, with planned opening in Aug 2026. A new school boundary study (involving RM, Gaithersburg, Wooton, Quince Orchard, and Northwest clusters) will kick off Fall 2024. Richard Montgomery’s boundaries are very likely to be affected by Crown. Beall’s boundaries could be affected. Planning meetings have started for the physical design of Crown, with three concepts presented to stakeholders via a series of virtual meetings. The third meeting in the series was held Thursday. The presentation from the meeting is not yet posted. A final session on the physical plans for Crown will take place Thursday, December 16. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate. See background and Zoom information here.
  • Save the Date! Thursday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m - Special Education Committee presents: “Solving IEP Meeting Disagreements: Legal Paths for Resolving Special Education Issues” - Presentation by Brian Gruber and Kimberly Glassman, Law Office of Brian K. Gruber - will address dispute resolution options including state complaints, mediation, due process, information on resolution processes within MCPS, and the ins and outs of bringing legal representation to an IEP meeting while preserving your school relationships.

Community Information:

  • MCPS is hosting a coat drive for Pre-Kindergarten & Headstart students. Find out more here
  • During its Dec. 2 business meeting, the Board of Education approved a modified school calendar for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. See details here.

PTA Updates - November 21, 2021

But first, many thanks to Julianne Cardemil for coordinating another awesome Book Fair. And to the more than 30 volunteers who helped out & everyone who made a purchase to support the school!

Events & Updates:

  • Student Directories: Student directories have been distributed with each PTA Member family receiving a hard copy as well as access to the online directory here. If you are a PTA Member & did not receive a copy please email [email protected]. Want to join the PTA & get a directory? Go here.
  • December PTA Meeting Tuesday 12/7:  Join us at 6:30pm on Zoom by clicking hereMeeting ID: 665 233 2642, Passcode: zx5hA0
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Thursday 12/9: The PTA is providing a catered lunch for teachers and staff on December 9. Stay tuned for a sign up for other items needed to supplement the lunch.  
  • School Schedule Reminder:
    • Nov 22, 2021- Early Release Day
    • Nov 23, 2021- Early Release Day
    • Nov 24, 2021- Holiday - schools and offices closed
    • Nov 25, 2021- Holiday - schools and offices closed
    • Nov 26, 2021- Holiday - schools and offices closed

MCCPTA Updates:

  • Our MCCPTA Special Ed Committee Rep has created a Facebook page: Beall Elementary School Special Education Parent Support - MCPS. This is a private group for parents of students receiving formal special education support and/or accommodations through a 504 or IEP, and parents interested in learning more about such supports. All Beall parents are invited to join. This group provides a safe, private space to bring questions and concerns, to connect with other parents, and to seek support. We ask that conversations in this space remain confidential. If you have any questions about the page, or more generally about the committee, you can email our MCCPTA Special Ed rep, Jaclyn Halpern at [email protected]
  • MCCPTA Presentation on Gifted Education in MCPS: The MCCPTA’s Gifted Education Committee prepared a presentation to explain to parents the differences between the Centers for Enriched Studies, the Enriched Literacy Curriculum, and Benchmark Advance. View the presentation.
  • MCPS Holds Second Community Work Session on Physical Plans for the New Crown High School: The next planning meeting for Crown High School—which very likely will impact Richard Montgomery’s boundaries and may impact Beall’s boundaries—is December 2. Information on the project is available here. The second meeting occurred Nov. 11--the presentation is here.
  • Montgomery County Council Seeks Parent Feedback on Evaluation of MCPS Principals: Reminder that the County Council asks parents to take a brief, 3-minute survey to assist with the Council’s preparation of a report that reviews the hiring, placement, and evaluation of MCPS principals. Take the survey.
  • Parents Asked to Complete Impact Aid Survey: Reminder that MCPS asks parents to complete the Impact Aid survey so that the school district can receive the Impact Aid funding to which it is entitled. Responses are due Dec. 10. Complete the survey.

Other Community Resources: 

  • Please click here for county information on the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11, and sign up for County-run clinic appointments.
  • Mobile Food Market: The Mobile Market provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods at no cost to MC students, faculty/staff, and the Montgomery County community.  Food availability is based on a first-come, first serve basis and pick up is contactless. No proof of eligibility required. All participants must wear masks. To learn more visit here.

We hope you & your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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